posted on May, 18 2011 @ 06:28 PM
There are several things to consider, here.
First - it's an easy way to get people to think about disaster readiness. It makes the subject far more approachable and interesting for many people
(remember - this is in a nation where the vast majority of people have attention spans that can only tolerate Stewart and Colbert-level news/political
discussion - hence their popularity). When you try to get people to think about how to respond to disasters like earthquakes and society-crumbling
disasters... it's depressing and frightening - something we don't want to think about and tend to deny as a possibility - that sort of stuff just
happens elsewhere in the world - not here.
A zombie apocalypse? That's thinking about the beginning of an adventure - scary, but something almost fanciful and far easier to slip past our
Further - a "zombie apocalypse" is actually not all that different from any other locally-apocalyptic disaster. When food, water, and shelter
become scarce - the people you can trust come in very short supply. Gangs and 'war lords' take power, and many people become a sort of 'zombie'
simply searching for food and water.
In all disaster scenarios - it's generally critical that you leave the affected region and seek assistance from non-affected regions and persons -
the military checkpoints, the 'survivor camps' - as is having a plan for how to deal with it. You want ready supplies of food and basic needs -
before the store shelves get cleaned off in the chaos following the actual epidemic. You want a plan for leaving town - you may even have a plan with
your friends and family.
And that's the key. It is fun to make a "zombie plan" - and it can be readily adapted to handle a variety of situations. It is something you can
plan with your friends and people around you - those plans give a sense of security and order in a fundamentally chaotic and stressful situation. And
the less likely things are going to go from bad to worse.